In 1973 Ray Guy out of South Mississippi was the first player selected by the Raiders in the draft.
Jim Otto was the starting center for the Oakland Raiders in their very first game and remained the starter
right through the history of the American Football League and on into the National Football League.
He was the AFL's only All-League Center. He was named to the All-League team 12 years straight (1960-1971),
second-team All-NFL (1972). In 1969 he was named to the All-Time AFL team. He was also named to the All-AFC
three times (1970-1972). He played in twelve All-Star competitions.
During his career his fought through numerous injuries in order to play in 308 games including Superbowl II
and six AFL/AFC title games. Indeed he was one of only three players to play in all 140 regular season games
over AFL's ten year history.
In college Jim Otto played Center and Linebacker at the University of Miami in Florida.